Karralika Therapeutic Community Adult Program (Karralika Programs Inc.)

Provides up to 12 months of residential rehabilitation within a therapeutic community setting for single adults and couples with ATOD problems.

Telephone: (02) 6185 1300 (1800 1 KARRA / 1800 1 52772)
(02) 6169 3200
Mailing Address: PO Box 2230, Tuggeranong ACT 2901
Email address: info@karralika.org.au
Website: http://karralika.org.au/services/karralika-therapeutic-community-adult-program/
Location: Confidential
Parent organisation: Karralika Programs Inc.

Access Information

Maximum waiting time for service: 

  • Waiting time varies, support is provided to people waiting to enter the program

Pre-Treatment support:

  • Support available while on the waiting list
  • Assessment
  • Counselling
  • Phone support
  • Information and advice
  • Case management
  • Active referrals and support to access other services
  • Face to face engagement with Intensive Early Birds Program for local ACT residents

Target Group:

  • Adults
  • Men, women and couples (including same sex couples)
  • Accepts both ACT and interstate residents, however ACT residents get priority

Documentation required:

  • Identification
  • Other types of documentation may be required

When and how to access:

Operating hours: Program operating hours are 24 hours a day (7 days a week), office hours are 9am – 5pm (Monday – Friday)
Ways to access: By appointment only
Disability access: Accessible toilets and doorways
Referrals accepted from: Self, another service, Courts
Transport assistance available: Transport can be arranged from ACT withdrawal programs. Transport to appointments whilst in program is provided.
Other access information: Requirement to complete a withdrawal program.

Some medication exclusions will be assessed on application for admission. Access may be provided to people who are stable on a maintenance dose of opioid pharmacotherapy. For further information, see http://karralika.org.au/on-pharmacotherapy-maintenance-and-need-a-treatment-program/


  • Assessments required
  • Over the phone
  • Appointment required
  • Takes less that 1 hour

Specialist ATOD assessment includes:

  • Comprehensive alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment
  • Comprehensive mental health history
  • Basic Physical health & medical history
  • Social and family history
  • Domestic and family violence screening
  • Criminal and legal history
  • Risk assessment
  • Suicide Assessment Kit

Treatment Plan

  • An individualised treatment plan will be developed

Drug Testing

  • Drug testing is conducted as part of treatment; the tests are conducted in-house/on-site by program staff or conducted by pathology laboratories
  • Types of testing used include urine drug screening and breath alcohol concentration by Alcohol Breathalyzer

Admission Requirements for Residential Services Only

  • Mobile phone stored during stay
  • Searching for possessions
  • Possessions stored during stay
  • Confiscation and disposal of alcohol, other drugs and tobacco
  • Admissions are available twice a week


Program type: Residential rehabilitation

Model: Therapeutic Community

Duration and intensity: Up to 12 months (not including aftercare) through a staged approach.

Not able to consume alcohol or other drugs while in program: No alcohol or other drugs to be consumed during program, certain prescription medications allowed.

Philosophical approach: Therapeutic Community; belief that a person’s dependence on alcohol and drugs is a symptom of underlying personal difficulties; harm minimisation framework.

Additional program description: The program provides comprehensive care focused on the individual and their personal growth to replace alcohol and drug dependence. The program has four stages: assessment, Karuna/induction, treatment/commitment and transition. Key components of the program are individualised case management, therapeutic and educational groups, counselling, skills development and planned aftercare.

Additional supports available:

  • Work and Development Program: ACT and NSW programs
  • Readiness for employment training provided
  • Vocational education (i.e. Access to education and training where available)
  • Recreation and sport (i.e Daily recreation)
  • Emergency relief
  • Living skills (i.e. Daily activities and support)
  • Aftercare (i.e. Outreach support is provided)

Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Support

  • Referrals to access screening, treatment and ongoing monitoring for viral hepatitis with external providers,
  • Referrals to access screening & treatment for sexually transmitted infections with external providers
  • Provides safe sex information

Aftercare and Exit of Service

  • Documented exit plan
  • Aftercare support available
  • Relapse prevention
  • Phone support
  • Links with community self-help groups (e.g. 12 step)
  • Active referrals and support to access other services
  • Outreach support is provided

Harm Reduction

  • Harm reduction drug education and strategies (i.e. safer injecting information)
  • Opioid overdose prevention and education sessions

Mental Health

  • Assessments include a mental health component
  • Suicide risk assessment
  • Relationships with Mental Health ACT (i.e. Maintaining joint management, consultation and liaison advice)
  • Staff have a mental health training
  • Partnerships with mental health services

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

  • Staff undertake Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness training
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander services in-reach
  • Partnerships: supported access to Winnunga health services

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)

  • Staff undertake cultural awareness training

Tobacco Management

  • Smokefree
  • Provide tobacco screening
  • Provide tobacco brief interventions
  • Provide access to subsidised or free nicotine replacement therapies including multiple types of NRT
  • Provide access to GPs/medical officers to prescribe NRT patches or other smoking pharmacotherapies
  • Service has a workplace tobacco management policy
  • Service participating the in the We Can ProgramCommunities Accessing all-types of NRT


Rent & Fees: Rent varies and is based on approximately 80% of Centrelink payment. Upfront fee to be paid prior to service admission.

Others: Support can be provided to access Centrelink and seek an exemption from requirement to be looking for work with Centrelink while engaged in program.

Staff available

  • AOD Worker (Clinical and Non-clinical)
  • Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Other medical practitioner
  • Administrator
  • Executive
  • Manager
  • Clinical Services Director/Quality and Clinical Services Officer

Help for Families & Carers

  • Information, education and counselling is offered to families and carers
  • Contact with family and carers while on program (i.e. Visiting days, supported playgroup)
  • Family support groups
  • Counselling for family and carers (i.e. Referrals to partner agencies for counselling)

Alexander Maconochie Centre

  • Referrals are accepted from Community Based Corrections as part of a persons parole conditions

Other Information

  • Provides support letters for people to access Housing ACT
  • Preparation of reports for Care and Protection
  • Preparation of reports for Courts
  • Preparation of reports for Corrective Services
  • Day and night leave provided for service consumers who have reached agreed milestones
  • Restoration planning for families with children involved with Child Protection systems

Last Updated on April 2019

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